Thursday, May 25, 2017
Ledaig 10 year old Single Malt Scotch
Isle of Mull, Scotland.
Unchillfiltered and no artificial coloring.
Mildly antiseptic, loam earth, smoky, road tar.
Salty sea water, brine, iodine, ginger sweetness, big peat and black sooty smoke.
Ginger, kippers, smoked mackerel and sharp peppercorns.
This is priced a little less or right along side inexpensive, entry level single malts. For the price, you are going to receive a big peat, smoke and peppercorn tasting malt with sweet ginger to boot.
If you like Ardbeg, Laphroaig and other malts of Islay, you will like this non-Islay malt that competes with the aforementioned distilleries.
For those of you who do not like the taste of peppercorns, peat and smoke with a twist, and much prefer honeyed, salted caramel fair with some sherry that is typical of Speyside and the Highlands, then Ledaig is not for you.
For me, I like Ledaig when in the mood for good peat, sweet smoke, beach fire notes, this is a great ship to take me there.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Rich vanilla extract, floral oak, strawberries, hints of rye.
Prominent rye bread, slight mollasses note, brown sugar, thick body, cream, ripe bananas.
Peppercorns, baking soda, kosher salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
This is a bold, full bodied blended rye whisky that nevertheless exhibits great quality and elegance given the fact that it can be enjoyed neat in spite of the 45% ABV. The expertise of the master blender shines by his or her ability to not allow the higher ABV to overwhelm the palate and come off as hot or unbalanced. Instead, the elevated ABV contributes to a nice spiciness and complexity at a very good price point.
A great Canadian Whisky that is also great on ice. Highly recommended!